Resources for general practitioners

GPs participating in the ANSC program are provided with a suite of resources developed in conjunction with the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) maternity facilities in an effort to provide consistent care for GP shared care patients.

ANSC GP Resource Manual

The ANSC GP Resource Manual is intended as a guide for general practitioners participating in the SLHD Antenatal Shared Care Program. The manual content is closely linked with HealthPathways where clinically relevant.

PDF document pdf ANSC GP Resource Manual v 7.4 (9.11 MB)  (June 2017)

ANSC GP Protocol: Schedule of visits

GPs participating in the ANSC program will be expected to adhere to the agreed guidelines as outlined in the SLHD ANSC Protocol when caring for their antenatal shared care patients.

PDF document pdf SLHD Antenatal Shared Care Protocol (250 KB)

Breaches of the ANSC Protocol that affect patient outcomes will be recorded for quality assurance purposes. Any investigations requested by the GP for a woman under his/her care must be followed up by the GP concerned. At all times it is the primary responsibility of the provider ordering the test or noting an abnormal finding to ensure appropriate follow-up management and communication, irrespective of whether a copy has been sent to the participating hospital. 

Breastfeeding and infant feeding guidelines

PDF document pdf SLHD Breastfeeding Policy Compliance Procedure 2017 (3.01 MB) : Comprehensive breastfeeding guidelines and information
external link Search for a Certified Lactation Consultant: Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)

Patient information and resources

external link SLHD Early Childhood Services
Child and Family Health: all referrals/enquiries to local Early Childhood Centres is via the Central Intake Line (Phone: 9562 5400)

external link Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)

Infant Feeding Guidelines

external link NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines - comprehensive guidelines for health workers recommending breastfeeding and infant feeding

Early Pregnancy Assessment Service (EPAS)

The aim of EPAS is to identify and manage ectopic pregnancies, vaginal bleeding in pregnancy, or miscarriage < 20 weeks gestation.

Contact Gynaecology Registrar on call for all pregnant patients <20 weeks who need urgent review or for a woman being sent to the Emergency Department. (If > 20 week’s gestation women should be sent to the Delivery Ward – after contacting the O&G Registrar)

The EPAS service is available to assist you with the management of your haemodynamically stable patient.


RPA Woman and Babies Womens Ambulatory Care - Level 5

Clinic time

7.30 am (ONLY) Mon - Fri excluding public holidays (no appointments)

Must bring

pdf EPAS Referral Form (432 KB) , completed by GP. Copy of Blood Group, serum quantitative BHCG, previous ultrasound report.

Who to refer

Pregnant women (less than 20 weeks gestation) who are bleeding and/or have pain BUT are haemodynamically stable.


Phone: 9515 7101 or Fax: 9515 7452
Clinical Midwifery Consultant (CMC) Mon - Sun Phone: RPA: 9515 6111, Pager: #87403

Important information

  • Do not send patient’s to ED or EPAS for Anti D without a pathology copy of their Blood Group.
  • Do not send women to EPAS for a termination of pregnancy.
  • Do not send women for a dating scan to ED, EPAS or Fetal Medicine Unit.
  • Do not send women to EPAS for management of hyperemesis.
  • Advise women she will be assessed by either Doctor or Midwife Consultant and may have blood tests and/or a vaginal ultrasound so will NOT need a full bladder. This is a very busy service and waiting times may vary, patience is required.
Fetal movements

Regular enquiry about fetal movements is an important aspect of ascertaining fetal wellbeing.

PDF document Decreased fetal movements in the third trimester: Guidelines - Ministry of Health NSW
external link PSANZ Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Alliance - Resources for both health professionals and women

First trimester pregnancy information kit

PDF document   pdf First Trimester Pregnancy Information Kit (3.31 MB)  (July 2017 ) - Early pregnancy information for GPs who may not be actively participating in the ANSC Program

Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy (smoking cessation,
alcohol intake, healthy eating)

Healthy eating during pregnancy

external link NSW Health "Get Healthy in pregnancy" - services including free counselling service,information and resources regarding physical activity, healthy eating and weight gain 
external link NSW Health " Get Healthy" Service " - a range of resources developed to assist GPs and AHPs to promote the "Get Healthy" service
external link NSW Health " Get Healthy General Practice Referral Form" + additional referral information. The General Practice Referal Form template is already supplied in both Medical Director and Best Practice ( For BP, tick ALL STATES box) 

PDF document Healthy eating when you're pregnant or breastfeeding: patient information - Department of Health
 Food safety during pregnancy - NSW Food Authority

Pregnancy and alcohol

external link Women want to know: Discussing pregnancy and alcohol - Department of Health project providing assessment tools and information for health professionals. 

Smoking Cessation Clinics

Drug Health Services offer one-to-one counselling support clinics for individuals wishing to stop smoking. Clinics are located at RPA ph. 9515 7611 (Wed 1.00-4.00pm, Thurs 1.00-4.00pm)  and Croydon Community Health Centre ph. 9378 1306 (Mon 9.00-2.30pm)

Management of Obesity

external link RANZCOG College Statement: Management of obesity in pregnancy
external link NSW Health "Get Healthy in pregnancy" - services including free counselling service, information and resources regarding physical activity, healthy eating and weight gain

Oral Health

PDF document Oral health during pregnancy: Patient information

Hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (incl Gestational Diabetes) 

PDF document  pdf Diagnostic Testing for Hyperglycaemia in pregnancy (504 KB) (April 2016) - Includes defining risk, screening protocol, interpreting results, postnatal follow-up and pre-pregnancy assessment
PDF document  pdf Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) Instructions (149 KB)
external link Hyperglycaemia - HealthPathways Sydney
external link ADIPS - Australian Diabetes In Pregnancy Society- Resources for both health professionals and patients
PDF document pdf Canterbury Hospital "Too long to wait" Clinical Redesign Project newsletter (1015 KB) - Aimimg to improve the quality and continuity of care provided to women with Gestational Diabetes (GDM) or Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in the ANC and primary health care setting.

Labour and birth

Overdue pregnancies

Following the 40 week GP visit, advise patients to contact the clinic for their post dates appointment.

Women need to be seen at 41 weeks +1 day in the Registrars' "Post Dates" clinic. Should this date fall on a weekend the women must be seen in the previous Thursday afternoon.

Should they go into labour there is no need to call and cancel the clinic appointment.

Along with routine assessment an internal (P.V.) examination will be attended. A management plan for induction of labour will be determined based on the findings. These will be fully discussed with the woman. Instructions, information and a planned date for their hospital admission will be given.

PDF document  pdf RPA Women and Babies/Canterbury Hospital Antenatal Shared Care Program (9.76 MB) - Patient information
PDF document RPA: Your breech baby - Patient information
PDF document RPA: Women having an External Cephalic Version (ECV) - Patient information
PDF document Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC) Labour Care - Patient information
PDF document Previous Caesarean - Patient information

PDF document pdf SLHD Pelvic Pain in pregnancy (259 KB)  - Patient information

Perinatal mental health

external link beyondblue - provides access to a variety of information regarding perinatal mental health
external link Black Dog Institute - organisation dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness 
external link Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)- assessment of perinatal depressive illness-Black Dog Institute 
external link  pdf Translated Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) (4.00 MB)  
external link  pdf Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period - Australian Clinical Practice Guideline (681 KB)  - Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
external link Depression during pregnancy and postnatal - Black Dog Institute
external link Postnatal Risk Questionnaire - Black Dog Institute
external link  pdf Looking after your perinatal mental health (611 KB) - Information for conumers
external link  pdf Perinatal mental health EPDS + ANRQ Screening Tools (611 KB)

Preconception planning

Pre-pregnancy counselling is an important and integral part of any woman’s health care if she is planning a pregnancy. It is recognised that situations may require specialist advice including an obstetrician, geneticist or paediatrician.

PDF document  pdf RPA Pregnancy Planning Clinic (560 KB)  - new multidiscipline service providing comprehensive assessment of preconception health for women and/or couples planning a pregnancy
PDF document Preconception checklist - areas for discussion and referrals (if required) prior to pregnancy

Prenatal screening

The Fetal Medicine Unit at RPA Women and Babies routinely offers Combined First Trimester Screening (cFTS): ultrasound scan (nuchal translucency and nasal bone) plus biochemistry to pregnant women booking for delivery at RPA Women and Babies and Canterbury Hospitals.

Access to Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) will be as a second line screening tool (contingent model flowchart), for women at high or intermediate level of risk after cFTS. The NIPT test is not available through Medicare and women will have to fund this test themselves. For further information contact the RPA Genetic Counsellors ph 9515 5080 or Fetal Medicine Unit ph 9515 6042

Antenatal Shared Care GPs can refer women directly to the Fetal Medicine Unit (Phone: 9515 6042 or Fax: 9515 6579) for the following tests:

  • Combined First Trimester Screening (cFTS)
  • Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPT)
  • Chrorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
  • Aminocentesis


external linkScreening tests for your baby in early pregnancy (Patient Information Pamphlet) : NSW Centre for Genetics 
PDF document Prenatal testing booklet ( Patient Information Pamphlet):  NSW Health Centre for Genetics Education
PDF document pdf RPA cFTS (Patient Information Pamphlet)  (285 KB)
PDF document pdf RPA NIPT ( Patient Information Pamphlet) (324 KB)
external link First Trimester Sceening Learning Module: NSW Centre For Genetics: On-line education module 
PDF document  pdf Prenatal screening "flipchart" resource (1.89 MB)  
external linkSearch for Certified Operators to perform Nuchal Translucency - RANZCOG Nuchal Translucency: Ultrasound, education and monitoring program

Additional information on a range of genetic matters can be accessed from the NSW Health Centre for Genetics Education and the National Health and Medical Research Council - NHMRC.

Translated material regarding genetics, prenatal testing and pregnancy are located at the Multicultural Health Communication Service - NSW Health.

Translated information

Translated material regarding pregnancy related issues can be located at NSW Health: Multicultural Health Communication Sevice. Information available include maternity care options, planning a pregnancy, caring for a baby at home and depression during pregnancy and early parenthood.

Vaccinations and pregnancy

Prevaccination Infomation


Administration of the influenza vaccination should be at the GP visit and documented on the antenatal "yellow card" next to "Investigations" or circle Y/N if card is stamped with "Flu Vax". The influenza vaccination is available free to pregnant women.

Influenza vaccination during pregnancy

Vaccination remains the best protection pregnant women and their newborn babies have against influenza. 

Despite influenza vaccination being available free to pregnant women on the National Immunisation Program, vaccination rates remain low with only 1 in 3 pregnant women receiving the influenza vaccine.  Influenza infection during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery and even death in newborns and very young babies. Pregnant women can have the vaccine at any time during pregnancy and they benefit from it all through the year. 

Three educational videos are available:  

external linkFlu vaccination and pregnancy – Free flu shots for pregnant women ​(for health care professionals)
external linkFlu vaccination and pregnancy – What pregnant women need to know​ (for pregnant women)
external linkFlu vaccination and pregnancy – Vaccinate against flu Protect your baby too​ (for pregnant women)

For further information visit:
external link Immunise Australia Pregnant Women ​
external link NSW Health Seasonal Influenza Vaccination 2017
PDF document RANZCOG College Statement: Influenza vaccination during pregnancy
external link Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Mothersafe factsheets - Patient information


NSW Health has introduced an antenatal pertussis vaccination program to offer free Boostrix vaccine to all pregnant women in the third trimester (preferably at 28 weeks).

The free whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy is the best way to protect newborns from day one with studies showing that it is more than 90 per cent effective in preventing whooping cough in infants.

PDF document  pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: GP & AMS Information (46 KB)
PDF document  pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: Evidence Review (573 KB)
PDF document  pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: Consumer Factsheet (503 KB)
PDF document  pdf Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination: Consumer Information (A5 pad) (757 KB)
external link Immunisation Handbook: Pertussis update
external link Protect newborns from whooping cough - NSW Health

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